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All Over the Place
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Audio CD, Extra tracks, Import, September 21, 2010
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The Bangles aren't a band that just sings. The four female members each play an integral part to the music of the album. All four members do vocals and three members (Debbi Peterson, Vicki Peterson, Susanna Hoffs) actually do lead vocals (Michael Steele does background vocals). The members also play their own instruments: Hoffs and Vicki Peterson play guitars, Michael Steele plays Bass, and Debbi Peterson is the drummer. All songs except the Katrina and the Waves "Going Down to Liverpool" were written by the members of the band. While there is a perception that Susanna Hoffs is the lead vocalist, this really isn't the case on "All Over the Place". Vicki and Debbi do an outstanding job at lead vocals as well. Susanna is the lead vocalist on 4 tracks ("Hero Takes A Fall", "James", "Dover Beach", "He's Got a Secret"), Vicki is the lead vocalist on "All About You", "Restless", "Silent Treatment", Susanna and Vicki share leads on ("Tell Me") while Debbi and Vicki share lead vocals on "More Than Meets the Eye".Read more ›
Whether you call their music "paisley underground" (ugh), pop, power pop, girl group, or just rock & roll, The Bangles delivered a wonderful album of up-tempo, jangly rock that sounded like the Go-Go's covering the Byrds (or the Pandoras with a lot less paisley). "All Over The Place" was their purest album, before they overtly sought fame and fortune on their next two albums by mainstreaming their sound.
Bonus hypothesis: while I can't prove it, I think the Smithereens were singing about Michael Steele in "Behind The Wall of Sleep":
"She had hair like Jeanie Shrimpton back in 1965.
She had legs that never ended; I was halfway paralyzed.
She was tall and cool and pretty and she dressed as black as coal.
Well, she held a bass guitar and she was playing in a band.
And she stood just like Bill Wyman. Now I am her biggest fan."
Now I ask you, who else could it be?
A great album from the most recent hurrah of power pop, the early 1980's. Five stars.
The shame is most people bypass this album because it didn't have any major US hits. Like Blondie's "Plastic Letters" album, this one has largely been forgotten and that's a crime.
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i will keep it short. yes it is their best but not only their best but one of the great releases of all timePublished 6 months ago by James S. Young
The Bangles are probably my favorite female rock band of the 80's. Had me pretty much hooked into listening to and for their songs after "Walk Like An Egyptian" broke... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Andre S. Grindle
This is a perfect digital master of the 1984 (vinyl) LP of the same name. There is an extra song added. If you like the early Bangles sound, this is the record for you. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Davis
I BOUGHT THIS CD FOR I SONG: "JAMES", WHICH I SAW THEM DO IN THEIR TREMENDOUS MTV CONCERT IN A PITTSBURGH MOSQUE! Read morePublished on July 23, 2014 by NICK E.
Yeah yeah, the Bangles will forever go down as the 80's girl-group "One Hit Wonder" with the gimmicky song/ video which shall go unnamed here (you remember-- the cheesy... Read morePublished on January 4, 2014 by Cap'n J
Oh course this is simply my personal opinion. But having owned and listened to all The BANGLE Albums, I honestly have always liked this one the best *And still do* ... Read morePublished on August 21, 2013 by BOB & PAIGE
Hard to add anything new to what most reviewers have already said about this album. This is a great power pop album and if you like the Beatles, Byrds, Mamas and the Papas, Big... Read morePublished on January 13, 2013 by Glenn E. Abrams